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The Prado at Balboa Park

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1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th Avenue)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love coming to the Prado for a special occasion or before a performance at the nearby Old Globe Theatre. I recently dined at the Prado with my mom before a performance of "Into The Woods." We had the pleasure of receiving Stephen as our waiter. I liked that the first thing he asked was if we were going to... More 

Thank jhdct
San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Nice restaurant located on the heart of Balboa Park in the House of hospitality. They have inside and outside seats with a superb nice atmosphere and eclectic decoration, the service is impeccable, they also have a nice bar, we love the happy hour and also the terrace outside is beautiful. The food is just fine, nothing to die for. Is... More 

Thank Julio O
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had lunch here after walking around Balboa Park, and after visiting some of the many museums there, and it was very relaxing spot. The ambience is casual southern California, with spacious and comfortable inside and outdoor seating. The food is good to very good and varied, suitable for many tastes. The cocktails are interesting. I had the "Pig Burger"... More 

Thank TheBrasilian
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Dine outside during the afternoon under the umbrellas or evening during the sunset. The setting is unbeatable. Very special place to enjoy a quick bite or a long leisurely meal. I love the old world Spanish architecture and the food is wonderful.

Thank Mark H
San Diego, California
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247 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

The menu is modest in scale but good quality. Same goes for the wine list. We arrived at 6:30 for a 6:45 reservation and were seated in the pleasant courtyard right away. Our meals choices were well prepared and presented, fresh and tasty. Our waiter attended to timing so we were not rushed but were able to leave in good... More 

Thank 0591TimS
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wonderful menu & wine list. Sit outside on the patio if possible. The ambience is so peaceful & relaxing.

Thank HeidiK_from_Cbus
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Interior is lovely and comfortable; service was very attentive. The scripts the wait staff have to recite to you was a bit much, but they're just doing their job. I had lunch there (chorizo burger). I was surprised how bland the food was, after the excellent, complementary, handmade chipotle hummus and flat bread. Moscow mule was excellent though! Good presentation;... More 

Thank SadieMerlot
Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great wait people... delicious lunch, fabulous ambiance....lovely gardens and surrounding grounds....

Thank sanmiguelsandy
Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Prado surprised us with excellent food, lovely ambiance, friendly service and reasonable prices. Crackers on the table with a tasty dip. Intriguing dressing on spinach salad. Mango ice tea. Families with kids and adults mix easily in dining rooms. Pleasant inside, porch and outside dining areas. Artistic ambiance. We were there for lunch but we would go for dinner.

Thank damajane
San Diego, California
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wonderful service that was appropriate and kind in every way ("impeccable service"), good value, good recommendations, and of course a world class atmosphere -- that describes my experience at the Prado. We have a special dinner there tonight, but I would take my friends/family there any time, and choose appetizer versus full meal to suit the occasion. It has been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
Mediterranean, American, Spanish, Fusion, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 El Prado, At Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
    (6th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 16195579441
Set in the rich landscape and finely manicured gardens, the Prado Restaurant is located at the historic House of Hospitality in the center of San Diego’s famous Balboa Park.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?